Audenshaw's grant of armorial bearings returns home

A piece of Audenshaw history returned home,  from Thursday, February 11, the districts grant of armorial bearings was again displayed in Ryecroft Hall.
The grant, which is a large parchment document bearing three heavy wax seals, is effectively the College of Arms official endorsement of Audenshaws coat of arms. It was issued to Audenshaw Urban District Council on November 17,
Audenshaws principal industries are represented by a pick axe and a mill wheel. Red and white roses indicate the districts proximity to the Lancashire and Yorkshire border. The inverted star or molet is taken from the arms of the Assheton family who were lords of the manor. The Latin motto Festina Lente translates as "Make haste slowly - do not be  impetuous".
Ryecroft Hall was the seat of Audenshaw UDC for most of the councils 80-year history. The building was previously the home of Austin Hopkinson MP who gave it to the people of Audenshaw after the First World War.
The grant of armorial bearing hung there for many years but more recently has been safely stored at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Ashton. Ward councillors Theresa Smith, Oliver Ryan and Maria Bailey have been instrumental in returning the parchment to Ryecroft Hall so that the residents of Audenshaw can see and it.
Ryecroft Hall was the home of Austin Hopkinson and where Audenshaw Urban District Council used to meet. The grants of arms was unveiled by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Vincent Ricci on February 11th at Ryecroft Hall.
On the grant, the coat of arms is described as "Per Pale Argent and Gules, a Pick Axe and a pierced Mullet in pale counterchanged in dexter chief a Rose of the second and in sinister chief a Rose of the first both barbed and seeded proper. And for the Crest On a Wreath of the Colours a Mill Wheel proper between a Rose Argent and a Rose Gules both barbed and seeded also proper".    

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